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EY Selects Region’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Winners

The Southwest region's top entrepreneurs are set to compete at the national level in November.
By Faith Isbell |

EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program honored 49 regional finalists at the 2017 Southwest Awards Gala at Dallas’ Hilton Anatole last Saturday.

The finalists, all from the program’s Southwest region, represented 41 different companies—from a small, McKinney-based honey company to a Dallas-based international convenience-store chain. The Master Entrepreneur Of The Year award was presented to Craig and Kathryn Hall of the Hall Group, a diversified company in fields including finance and commercial real estate development. Read more about this year’s nominees here.

The winners will compete for national recognition in November at EY’s Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, Calif.

The finalists for EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year gathered at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday.

This year’s winners are:

Master Entrepreneur Of The Year

Craig Hall and Kathryn Hall

Chairman; Co-Proprietor/Partner, Hall Group


Retail Master Entrepreneur Of The Year

Joseph DePinto

President and CEO, 7-Eleven Inc.


Social Entrepreneur Of The Year

Nathan Sheets

President and Chief Steward, Nature Nate’s



Dr. Sulman Ahmed

Founder and CEO, DECA Dental


Consumer Products
Suzy Bátiz

Founder and CEO, Poo~Pourri



Lewis L. Bird III

Chairman and CEO, At Home


Real Estate & Construction

Dallas Tanner and John Bartling

President and CEO; Founder, EVP and CIO, Invitation Homes


Business and Financial Services

Aaron Graft

Founder, Vice Chairman, and CEO, Triumph Bancorp Inc.


Technology & Media Services

Greg Brown

President and CEO, LearField Communications LLC



Robert Michelson

CEO, RMG Networks Inc.


Emerging Consumer Products

Dan Flaherty and Jason McCann



Emerging Services

Nicholas Kennedy

Founder and CEO, Rise Air


Emerging Technology

Stephanie Alsbrooks

Founder and CEO, Defi Solutions

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